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How to Build A Capsule Wardrobe

The Capsule Wardrobe

With the rise of Sustainable Fashion and consumers beginning to understand the need for having a conscience in their fashion and style decision making, building a Capsule Wardrobe makes more sense than ever before. We live in a world where convenience is key and fast fashion retailers have made it all too easy to buy into new trends every season. Yet so many Women still find themselves stood in front of their bulging wardrobes at a loss, with nothing to wear. A Capsule Wardrobe saves you time and money in the long-term, and means less of a headache getting ready in the morning!

You can build a Capsule Wardrobe from 20 Key Items. From these 20 items it is possible to create 30 different outfits (and more), you just need the know-how to pull the pieces together. All of these pieces will last a lifetime in your wardrobe and are worth investing in. Once you are happy with your reduced wardrobe, you can still add some fresh new pieces in each season, but in a more considered way, knowing what else you already have to work with. Accessories can be a great way to do this and the best way to add some print and colour into your wardrobe.

My Top 20 Items are:

1. The Leather Biker Jacket (pictured from All Saints)

2. The Coated Jeggings (pictured from River Island)

3. The White Shirt (pictured from Zara)

4. The Slogan Sweatshirt (pictured from Anine Bing)

5. The Basic t-shirt with a twist (pictured from Whistles)

6. The Blazer (pictured from H&M)

7. Straight leg Jeans in a mid-blue wash (pictured from Topshop)

8. The Breton T-Shirt (pictured from Whistles)

9. The Buffet Dress (pictured from Zara)

10. The Slip Dress (pictured from Topshop)

11. The Lace Up Boot (pictured from Zara)

12. The Block Heel Boot (pictured from Air & Grace)

13. The Trainers (pictured from Air & Grace)

14. The Loafer (pictured from Marks & Spencer)

15. The Cashmere Sweater (pictured from Marks & Spencer)

16. The Denim Shirt (pictured from H&M)

17. The Aviator Jacket (pictured from Zara)

18. The Pleated Midi Skirt (pictured from ASOS)

19. The Jumpsuit (pictured from Monki)

20. The Statement Bag (pictured from Whistles)

The process for building a Capsule Wardrobe should start with a Wardrobe Detox or Edit. You have to get ruthless with your current wardrobe and think about what you truly wear on a day to day basis, and get rid of items that you haven’t worn in the last 12 months. Be true to your size and don’t hang on to old clothing that you’re hoping to fit into ‘one day’ and also be true to your lifestyle, if you no longer wear heels to work or go out to occasions where you will need to wear them, then keep 1 or 2 pairs and ditch the rest!

This is where a Personal Stylist can be really helpful, as they can provide an unbiased opinion on your wardrobe. A Stylist can offer their own expertise on ways to style your existing wardrobe, whilst helping you to cull items which no longer serve you. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about a Wardrobe Edit. More details are over on my ‘Services’ Page.

See below for some examples of how I would style these 20 key pieces.

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